June 1st, 2014
04:27 PM ET
2 months ago

Political Chatter: The politics of Bergdahl's release

The release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was detained by the Taliban for nearly five years, included a heavy dose of partisan politics Sunday morning, less than 24 hours after he was securely in American hands.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice was once again in the line of fire on the political talk shows, just as she was after the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.

Bergdahl’s release has ignited the debate over negotiating with groups the United States has determined to be terrorists.

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June 1st, 2014
04:17 PM ET
2 months ago

Members of Congress waiting for briefing on Bergdahl release

(CNN) – More than 24 hours after Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release, Rep. Buck McKeon, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said he still has not been briefed by administration officials on the swap.

The California Republican plans to hold hearings about the Bergdahl exchange, he told CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash on Sunday.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Buck Mckeon • Congress • Guantanamo Bay • President Obama • Terrorism
Priebus: Book, Benghazi politics help Clinton make money
June 1st, 2014
02:26 PM ET
2 months ago

Priebus: Book, Benghazi politics help Clinton make money

(CNN) - Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus argued Sunday that Hillary Clinton's book rollout–including last week's leak of the Benghazi chapter and her anticipated book tour–may not be a buildup to a presidential campaign, but simply a strategic effort to make more money.

The chapter, according to Politico, contained a defense of her response to the attack, as well as criticism of Republicans who Clinton says play politics with the deadly assault that killed four Americans.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Libya • Reince Priebus • RNC
June 1st, 2014
12:35 PM ET
2 months ago

Jim Webb weighs in on his political future

(CNN) – Former Democratic Sen. Jim Webb is still not ruling out a potential presidential bid.

"We're taking this one day at a time," Webb said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" when asked if he was interested in the presidency.

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Filed under: Jim Webb • TV-State of the Union
June 1st, 2014
10:55 AM ET
2 months ago

Rogers on negotiating for soldier's release: 'We have now set a price'

(CNN) - Releasing five Guantanamo Bay detainees in exchange for the return of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was a "dangerous" decision that could set a risky precedent for future kidnappings of Americans, according to Rep. Mike Rogers, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee

"We have now set a price," the Michigan Republican said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "We have a changing footprint in Afghanistan, which would put our soldiers at risk for this notion that 'If I can get one, I can get five Taliban released.'"

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Mike Rogers • Terrorism • TV-State of the Union
June 1st, 2014
10:01 AM ET
2 months ago

Susan Rice responds to political debate over negotiations for soldier's release

(CNN) - White House national security adviser Susan Rice defended the Obama administration's decision to exchange Guantanamo detainees for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, amid criticism that the United States negotiated with terrorists in the process.

She also said the “acute urgency” of Bergdahl’s health condition justified President Obama’s not notifying Congress beforehand that Bergdahl was being swapped for five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

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June 1st, 2014
09:01 AM ET
2 months ago

The "Inside Politics" Forecast: Is the U.S. Border Patrol the next Administration flashpoint?

CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on "Inside Politics" to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.

1. THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION FLASHPOINT

The Veterans Affairs crisis ended this week in the resignation of General Shinseki, but Steve Inskeep of NPR says the next agency to come under scrutiny might be Homeland Security.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Inside Politics • Mitch McConnell • Russia • Veterans Affairs